Nicki Schiessel Harvey
Senior Lecturer in Built Environment & Director of Student Recruitment
- 0121 331 7588 / 07864 967 466
Nicki is an environmental planning professional-turned-academic. Her research focuses on changing values of inland waterways and how values are incorporated into policy decision-making. She also has a passion for supporting student transition into Higher Education and leads on student recruitment and induction within the Department.
Nicki was formerly an environmental planning consultant at Atkins Planning, Landscape and Heritage in Birmingham, focusing on EIA, Sustainability Appraisal and socio-economic assessment work on a range of public and private sector projects. This followed an early career in tourism management, several years’ tourism lecturing in the UK, and an MSc in Environmental Management and Tourism. She then became a research analyst within the Regional Development Agency Advantage West Midlands.
Nicki returned to academia as a PhD researcher at the University of Sheffield, drawing on her heritage and environmental assessment experience in examining the ways changing values attached to urban waterways influence planning for urban waterway corridors. Since joining BCU in 2010 she has acted as course lead for undergraduate and postgraduate Planning and Environmental Sustainability programmes and has led a number of initiatives focusing on improving the ‘transition’ experience for new students. She currently acts as Director of Recruitment.